Cardi B Must Face Lawsuit Over Explicit Tattoo On Mixtape Cover
By Hayden Brooks
August 24, 2019
The tattoo on the back of a man on the artwork for Cardi B's Gangsta B*tch Music Vol. 1 mixtape has caused some commotion.
On Thursday (August 22), U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney rejected the rapper's motion to dismiss a lawsuit, where a man named Kevin Brophy Jr. ha sued her because a tattoo on the artwork allegedly violates his right of publicity and portrays in him a false light. In case you haven't seen the cover, the man on the artwork appears right in between her legs as he does the dirty.
"Defendants argue that Plaintiff's claim fails because he fails to allege that his face was visible or his name was used," Carney wrote in the order. "Defendants, however, cite no authority for the proposition that a commercial misappropriation claim requires the use of the plaintiff's face or name. Plaintiff here alleges that his tattoo is part of his likeness because it is unique and distinctive. People, in fact, purportedly instantly recognize Plaintiff by his tiger snake tattoo."
As per the motion, the California judge ruled that Brophy has stated a plausible claim for using his likeness without consent. And for those questioning the likeness, people reportedly recognize the Plaintiff by his tiger snake tattoo, which is the same artwork depicted on the cover.
Meanwhile, Cardi b's deposition in the case heard her state: "I'm really upset because I really have to be with my kid. All because of some bullsh*t trying to get money and then $5,000,000. Are you f**king kidding me? That mixtape didn't even make, not even a million dollars. I got real lawsuits with real sh*t, and I got to deal with this bullsh*t. This is four hours long taking away from my time, my job, my motherhood."
Scroll on below to see the artwork and listen to one of the 2016 compilation's much-hyped tracks, "Washpoppin."
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